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Why Do Barbers Use a Straight Razor?

Why Do Barbers Use a Straight Razor

Barbers use straight razors, also known as cut-throat razors or open razors, for various reasons:

  • Precision and Control: Straight razors allow barbers to have precise control over the shaving process. The straight, sharp blade can navigate contours of the face, neck, and other areas with greater accuracy, resulting in clean and defined lines.
  • Close Shave: Straight razors are renowned for providing an exceptionally close shave. The single, sharp blade cuts the hair cleanly at the surface of the skin, minimizing irritation and leaving a smooth finish.
  • Traditional Experience: The use of straight razors has a long history and is deeply rooted in traditional barbering practices. Many barbers and clients appreciate the nostalgic and authentic experience associated with using a straight razor.
  • Sustainability and Cost-effectiveness: Straight razors are typically made of high-quality materials such as stainless steel, and they can be used for an extended period with proper maintenance. This eliminates the need for disposable plastic razors, making them a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective option in the long run.
  • Skill and Mastery: Working with a straight razor requires skill and expertise. Barbers who specialize in straight razor shaving often undergo extensive training to perfect their technique. This expertise adds to the overall experience and can be seen as a mark of professionalism.

It’s worth noting that the use of straight razors for shaving requires proper sanitation and hygiene practices to ensure client safety. Barbers must follow strict protocols to maintain cleanliness and prevent the transmission of diseases or infections between clients.

Learning How to Use a Straight Razor

While it may be intimidating to students who have never worked with a straight razor before, our instructors take the time necessary to ensure each student learns proper safety and handling before ever using this tool. Once we are confident that you understand how to properly perform straight razor services, we will begin practicing your skills on clients under the instruction of a teacher.

This hands-on experience will prepare our students for when they have their state licensing exam and in their careers as a well-rounded barber. If you have any questions about what you will learn while enrolled in our school, reach out to us today. A member of our staff will gladly answer your questions and can schedule a tour of our facility.

Flexible Barber Classes in Houston

Class A Barber Course Options

Clock Hours/Program Length: 1,000 Clock Hours

30 Weeks Full-Time; 34 Hours Per Week

50 Weeks Part-Time; 20 Hours Per Week

The Class A Barber Program consists of 1,000 hours of instruction. The course includes a combination of theory classes, practical mannequin work, and actual hands on clientele practice. The program will ensure that basic skills to more advanced skills are gained, as individuals proceed through the course. The course also ensures that students are also trained and prepared in State Board licensing applications and evaluations.

If you are ready to take the leap and begin an exciting career as a barber in Texas, stop by and see us. Our staff is here to help you decide if barber school is a good fit for your future goals and current lifestyle. Call is today to learn more about the programs we offer at Quality Barber College in Houston.

Barber Program Overview

At Quality Barber College we prepare our students to pass their state board exam and to go on to have a successful career as a barber in Texas. Our barber program covers theory and practical techniques. We also provide hands-on training in order to build your confidence working on real clients. Our barber program will teach you everything you need to know about:

  • Haircutting and hairstyling
  • Shaving with straight razor
  • Skin care
  • Business management
  • The history of barbering

If you’re ready to work in a creative field with tons of potential for growth, reach out to our admissions department. They will discuss in detail everything you need to know about our school and schedule an in-person meeting so you can tour our amazing facility and speak with instructors in person.

Quality Barber College in Houston, TX

Quality Barber College has built a state-of-the-art facility that stands out from any other barber school in the area, setting the tone for the quality education we provide. We chose our location to make commuting easy for students throughout the Greater Houston area. Our staff offers hands-on training to ensure every student gains the skills and knowledge they need to pass their state licensing exam and become a successful barber in Texas. We offer a range of courses for part-time and full-time students. These courses include Class A Barber classes, cosmetology to barber crossover classes, and barber instructor classes.

Quality Barber College proudly accepts students from all over the Greater Houston area including Alief, Fondren Houston, Hiram Clarke Houston, Meyerland, Missouri City, Pearland, Reliant/NRG, South Post Oak, Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, and other surrounding areas. If you are looking for a quality education without compromise, contact us today.


Quality Barber College
12363 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77035
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